Hub(s) : Jamnagar


North of the city you find an intriguing curiosity, a medical facility called the Ranjit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy, or simply the Solarium. Built in the 1920s under Jam Ranjitsinhji with the supervision of French doctor Jean Saidman, it was one of three such facilities in the world. It was constructed so that the top floor could rotate to have direct sunlight through the day for treatment of skin diseases, and even rheumatism and TB. The last physician who could operate the complicated system died and the facility was closed in 1996. It is closed to visitors, but you might be able to ask in the office next door if someone would be kind enough to show you around. You can also ask about rumors of plans to open the facility once more.

How to get there

By road: Jamnagar is 92 km from Rajkot State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect Jamnagar with various centres of Gujarat. If you’re coming from Rajkot on bus, the bus passes right through town before reaching the bus station, so you can ask to be let off at Bedi Gate.

By rail: There are daily trains on the Western Railway with direct connections to Ahmedabad.

By air: There is an airport 10 km from town, so it’s a relatively inexpensive rickshaw or taxi ride. Various domestic airlines connect Jamnagar to Mumbai.